Leading horse racing owner and breeder Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum dies aged 75

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, one of the leading owners in horse racing, has died at the age of 75.

The Deputy Ruler of Dubai and  UAE minister of finance and industry saw numerous top horses compete in his blue and white colours over the last 30 years, in races across the world.

They included 1989 Derby and 2000 Guineas winner Nashwan, 1990 dual Classic-winning filly Salsabil and outstanding sprinter Dayjur.

On Wednesday morning Sheikh Hamdan’s younger brother Sheikh Mohammed posted on Twitter : “We belong to God and to Him we shall return … May God have mercy on you, my brother, my support and my companion.”

Sheikh Hamdan won the the Derby at Epsom with Nashwan (1989) and Erhaab (1994).

His record also included numerous other Classics such as the 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, Oaks, Irish Derby, Irish 2,000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, as well as many other Group 1s in Britain, Ireland and France.

In Britain, he was champion Flat owner eight times (1990, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2020).

Overseas, he took two Melbourne Cups with At Talaq (1986) and Jeune (1994), plus the Breeders' Cup Classic with Invasor (2006), who raced to victory in the Dubai World Cup the following year.

Battaash, a record-breaking Group 1 sprinter, is one of his most recent success stories on the racecourse.

Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation paid tribute to Sheikh Hamdan with industry figures on Wednesday.

"Everyone at Godolphin is deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum," their tweet said.

"A great loss to Dubai and our sport. He was one of the greatest owner breeders of modern times. Our deepest condolences to His Family and all @ShadwellStud."

Sheikh Hamdan spent millions of pounds in the industry each year, as well as breeding many top horses through his Shadwell Estates operation.

Patron of the Arabian Racing Organisation, he was instrumental in establishing the Dubai International Arabian Races.

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